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The Saga Of Eagle

AARC member Neal (W7USB) continues to interact with the remote community of Eagle in an effort to teach ham radio classes and mentor individuals who have requested instructional help.  Here are his continuing adventures.

Since October, the main road into Eagle has been closed so Neal has been Skype-ing from his home in Fairbanks, using a webcam to achieve face-to-face interactive communications with the students.  The iterative sessions have been working well, allowing Neal to talk to, see and educate the students involved in the mentor group.


He is starting their education slowly, building their confidence and background in ham radio and electronics. Thus far,  they have practiced being “mobile” while Neal acted as a stationary Net Control, acclimatizing them to talking, substituting their first names as call signs. Use of the standard phonetic alphabet became their next great challenge, talking into FRS radios which Neal had enough foresight to leave for their use.  Neal’s goal was to alleviate the classic “mic-fright” most radio operators go through when starting out in ham radio.


A Talking Radio (AM radio transmitter) system donated by J. J. Wentworth was put on-line.  This 500mw “broadcast’ system was set up to transmit WILD, the name of their school mascot and it wasn’t long before the students were interested enough to start changing the radio’s message.  Thanks again James for your generous donation.  It really helped kick-start the project.


After reading the write-up about the Eagle mentoring effort in the November issue of AARC’s monthly newsletter on www.kl7kc.com, we received an email from Stanton, KK7STL, offering to buy a couple of brand new Yaseu FT 60R HT units for the students.  The radios were to be awarded to Eagle Community School students who pass their technician class exam in May of 2013.  Stanton followed through and had the radios sent directly to Marlys in Eagle.  Thanks again Stanton for your generous donation.






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Eagle, Alaska

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